Summer term block 1 finishes on the 27th May and includes 30th April and 2nd May

About us & News

Vestry School of Dance & Performing Arts was established in 1996 by Lyndsey Ward.

Welcome to Vestry School of Dance. Classes are held five days a week at various venues around Walthamstow and Chingford, East London. Ages range from 2 years old to Adults.

About us & News

Vestry School of Dance & Performing Arts was established in 1996 by Lyndsey Ward.

Classes are held in classical ballet (Royal Academy of Dance syllabus), Tap and Modern (ISTD syllabus), Contemporary, Acrobatic Arts, Commercial Dance, Musical Theatre, Acting and singing.

Awards/Exams are held annually.
Shows are performed every two years by both the Junior and Senior School.


All Teachers employed by the school are professionally trained at many of the countries leading colleges and are ex-professional dancers/performers with many years of experience in their relevant fields.

All teachers are DBS checked.

A first aid certified member of staff is on site at all times.

Principal: Lyndsey Ward; RAD RTS, AISTD DIP, AIDTA, AAC1, BBO, I-PATH, Registered Chaperone

Lyndsey trained at the Urdang Academy and London Studio Centre. She has taken vocational exams in all the major syllabuses including: The Royal Academy, Cecchetti Ballet, Russian Ballet, IDTA Ballet, Modern, Tap and ISTD Modern and Tap before dancing professionally on both stage and TV. She was The West Midland Senior Ballet Champion and a finalist in Miss Dance of Great Britain.

Lyndsey has been a practical teaching supervisor for the Royal Academy CBTS course and has mentored for their BADE practical placement. Lyndsey was Artistic Director of the Birmingham youth dance company for 20yrs and more recently EONE7 youth theatre. She has taught as a freelance artist at many schools in Waltham Forest and was the specialist GCSE dance teacher at Trinity Catholic high school in Woodford for 10 yrs. She has seen past pupils go on to train in many of the top vocational colleges including, the Royal ballet school, Elmhurst school, the Urdang Academy, Central School of Ballet, Mountview, Italia Conti, Stella Mann, London Studio Centre, Rose Bruford, Northern Contemporary, LIPA and the Brit School amongst many. Past pupils have now become successful performers and teachers in both the private and commercial sector of the industry.

Her down to earth and no nonsense approach has led to her continued success in a highly competitive world but she remains faithful to her belief that ‘dance is for everyone’ no matter where you come from. This is something that was instilled into her at a young age when first embarking on what was to become her passion in her first dance class many years ago in Birmingham.

Sophie Whittle; BA Hons, ISTD DDE Tap and Modern, RAD RTS...Currently on Maternity Leave


Sophie started her dance training at the age of 2 in Worthing, West Sussex where she enjoyed studying all aspects of theatre and performance. This love of performing won her a place at Rose Bruford College where she graduated in 2009 with a BA(Hons) in European Theatre Arts. Since graduating, Sophie has pursued various projects including attending the Edinburgh Fringe in 2009 with Rory Bremner’s adaptation of Brecht’s ‘A Respectable Wedding’. She has appeared in panto as well as toured the UK with various musical theatre productions such as Oliver and the Wizard of Oz. Sophie began her formal dance teacher training with Vestry School of Dance in 2013 becoming a teacher in 2014. On Sundays she runs a successful youth theatre in her Home county of Suffolk.

Tracy Au; RAD RTS, Certified PBT, Silver Swan Licensee Teacher

DESCRIPTIONTracy began her ballet training in Jean M Wong School of Ballet in Hong Kong and was awarded a scholarship to study ballet at the Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art. She was later also awarded the Dame Margot Fonteyn scholarship to train further at the English National Ballet School afterwards joining the English National Ballet company. Tracy then went on to dance with the Hong Kong Ballet company and train as a teacher at her first school. She was awarded her Royal Academy of Dancing Solo Seal examination which is the Highest Vocational ballet examination. Tracy joined Vestry in 2013.

Ciara Amas; BA Hons, I-Path RTS. Ballet, Tots, Drama and Musical Theatre Teacher

Ciara began classes at Vestry at 3 years old and was soon taking classes across all genres. She worked as a teaching assistant at Vestry as a teenager and took exams up to a vocational level in Ballet, Tap and Modern. At 18 Ciara left to go to univerity, gratuating with a First Class Honours degree. Ciara trained at Drama Centre London and has worked professionally as an actor in London and various Fringe festivals. When she is not working as an actor she teaches various classes at Vestry.

Maureen Tarler; Singing teacher

Maureen has taught Saturday singing classes for Vestry since they began.She also teaches in schools and privately. and offers a range of songs from Nursery Rhymes, Disney songs to Pop songs and Musical Theatre. Maureen can also offer other types such as Folk & Classical.Solo singer. Maureen began her Vocal studies with Conservatory of Music, Toronto University Canada LTCL Vocal Performance Diploma -Trinity College London and  competed in New Zealand in their National Opera Competition, also more recently Maureen performed in an Italian Opera Competition and  Concerts and Recitals in the UK, NZ, Canada USA & Japan and has sung as a contemporary Gospel singer in Gospel Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall.. Maureen covers a wide repertoire of singing styles.

Christian-De-Galleries; Graduate Urdang Academy...Performers


Christian started dancing at Vestry at 3yrs old and was taking classes in all genres. He took exams up to vocational level in ballet, tap and modern. At 18 Christian left to continue full time training at the Urdang Academy. Upon graduating he landed his first professional contract as lead singer on a worldwide cruise. When he is not singing professionally Christian teaches Performers at Vestry.

Ruth Lynch Teacher

Ruth starting dancing at Vestry at the age of 3yrs.

She took classes in all genres of Performing Arts and has taken exams upto Advanced and Grade 8 in RAD Ballet and ISTD Tap/Modern plus Musical Theatre and Drama LAMDA .

She has performed in the childs ensemble and an ADP in the “Hackney Empire” Pantomimes

Ruth is now in her last year of study at MTA and hopes to persue a professional career in the theatre.

Eli Brown...Assistant

Eli has been a pupil at Vestry since the age of 3yrs and is an integral part of the Vestry family assisting and helping out on Monday and Saturdays.

Eli still takes Drama and Ballet classes and is always on hand in all things ” Vestry” when needed.


Beth Holmes Assistant Teacher

Beth graduated from The Urdang Academy one of the countries leading colleges and joins Vestry on a Saturday.
She has studied in all genres of Dance and Performing Arts Majoring in Musical Theatre.
She comes with a wealth of Knowledge and teaching experience and we look forward in welcoming her to the team.
She will work alongside Miss Lyndsey and our Performers team.

Amy Campbell, Graduate "Laine Theatre Arts" {Diploma} ISTD DDE .

Amy Campbell started her dance training at the age of 3 in Gosport, Hampshire, where she enjoyed
studying all aspects of dance and the performing arts. Her love of dance won her a place at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts Stage school in Epsom, Surrey. graduating with a Performing Arts Diploma and Teaching qualifications with the Imperial Society of
Teachers of Dancing.
Amy went on to have a professional dancing career for 10 years. Credits include:
Original cast of Saturday Night Fever at the London Palladium {Aileen Phillips}
Princes Trust “Party in the park”,
Movie premier “Down with Love” Twentieth Century Fox,
“On the Town” at Hackney Empire,
Cabarets performances at Café de Paris in London,
Over the last 20 years Amy has had the opportunity to work in various educational settings teaching students from two years to adults in multiple genres, including Modern, Tap, Ballet and Musical Theatre. She continues to develop her professional teaching qualifications by currently studying the Pedagogy of Dance with the ISTD. Amy is thrilled to join the teaching staff at Vestry School of Dance.

Eone7 Youth Theatre Company

Eone7 Youth Theatre Company was established in 2002 by Vestry School of Dance’s Principal Lyndsey Ward and Jo Shepherd to provide an opportunity for young people in the community to increase their confidence and performance skills.Eone7 meets one Sunday a month and with the use of drama, singing and dance workshops, work towards a large scale production which is performed at a theatre within the area.

Previous productions have included:

  • Shake Ripple and Roll
  • Honk
  • The Wiz
  • Bugsy Malone
  • Oliver
  • Cinder-Alladin
  • Tracy Beaker gets real!
  • Little Princess Annie

Vestry Rules and Regulations


  • Pupils are expected to behave in a polite manner at all times.
  • Pupils are expected to come to class in correct uniform with hair kept neat and tidy.
  • Pupils are expected to arrive for class on time.
  • }Pre- Covid}Parents are not allowed to watch classes unless a pupil is enrolling in the school.
  • [pre Covid]Children are not to be left unsupervised in the changing areas either before or after class.
  • Children should be collected promptly at the end of class.
  • Vestry School of Dance is not responsible for the welfare of pupils outside of their class times.
  • Regulation uniform is required for all classes.


The Vestry uniform shop, in term time, will be open on Saturdays at St Johns Church, Brookscroft rd from 9am-12.30pm

Please click here for the uniform list

For any uniform enquiries and or to place an order please fill in our Contact form


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